American Red Cross
Floods can occur anywhere in the world at any time and are one of the most common weather hazards in the United States. Floods can affect any part of Florida and some can occur within a matter of minutes. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. Since we are all vulnerable to the dangers of flooding, it is important to learn about the different types of floods, where you can get flood information and what you can do to protect yourself, your family and your business in case flood conditions threaten your area.
The National Weather Service and state emergency management officials encourage residents to update their preparedness plans this week during National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 14-18, 2011.
Florida residents may face a variety of types of floods throughout the year. Because most of the state is relatively flat, an afternoon thunderstorm can turn a quiet street into a dangerous river of water in a matter of minutes. Tropical Storms and hurricanes can also bring lots or rainfall to the state during the summer months. It is important for Floridians to recognized the different types of floods that we may face and how to react!
Types of Floods we may face: